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Mel Gibson to Jay Leno

'I've Got a Little Bit of a Temper'

4/28/2012 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0428_mel_gibson_videoMel Gibson spoke out last night for the first time about his epic, profanity-laden, secretly-recorded rant against writer Joe Eszterhas ... and he actually had a bit of a sense of humor about the whole thing.

Gibson explained to Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" ... that Eszterhas turned in a script for "The Maccabees" to Warner Bros. that was rejected and so Gibson felt his actions were "justified."

As for the 9-page letter Eszterhas wrote to Gibson, Mel joked, "If he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write, as he did into that letter ... we wouldn't be having this conversation."

Finally, talking about the infamous tape, Mel joked, "Maybe you don't know this about me, but I've got a little bit of a temper."

Yes, Mel ... we know.



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Apocalypto was pretty awesome, be nice when Mel gets through these peek-a-boo sessions into his private life. Gets back to tapping into his real personality and showing us well written movies with depth and meaning as opposed to Hollywood's typical formulaic boring agenda driven script garbage.

908 days ago


People still love Mel. Esterpuke is just a petty insecure POS who's limited creativity (have you SEEN showgirls????? He wrote that) can't produce.

People SHOULD get yelled at for doing sh*tty work.

908 days ago

get a life ho    

Racist Mel .,.," a lttle bit of a temper "

That would be great written on his tombstone

908 days ago


i would have went off on the tool too if i was paying him to do his job on time. im your boss not your buddy.

more people need to yell.

now the real question is, WHO WANTS TO ****ING EAT?

908 days ago


Yeesh Alec Baldwin calls his daughter a pig, an all you liberals kiss his fat,white,ass, but Mel blows his top on a douche bag writer in his own home an you wanna crucify him? Hypocrites!

908 days ago


Can’t Hollywood forgive Mel Gibson? He made the best movie of the year and his career in 2011 (which you can read about at ) and got snubbed by every awards ceremony on the planet. Can this Academy Award-winning director and actor apologize enough for having a loose tongue?

908 days ago

jennifer milstein    

Hmm, really! well I guess Hitler also had a bit of a temper.

908 days ago


At least he's honest. Most people in Hollywood will just lie in your face and stab you in the back.

908 days ago


If only all racist, aging, megalomaniacs got a standing ovation, what a world we would live in. Let's just sweep it under the rug and pretend it's only a bit of an anger issue ;)

908 days ago

Jeff Becker    

Mel Gibson is awesome! His passion is what made him so successful in the first place. The only people who he aeems to flip out on are people that use and exploit him, like his baby momma or Esterhauz who was supposed to deliver on a very important screenplay to Gibson, He is who he is, I enjoy his movies.

908 days ago

Fidel's niece    

Still a dumbazz...and a douchebag.
He told leno how he feels like
he is living in a B movie...
"How did I get here?"
let's explain it to the idiot
cheating on your wife with a gold digger
and getting her pregnant because you did not
wear a condome, because you are 'NOT RESPONSIBLE'
getting drunk and spewing garbage...
acting like a total azz...
About his Gringo movie going to VOD
Mr Mel "the visionary" said:
"I think it's the way of the future"
Yes,'s your future as "a B movie" actor.
The Norma Desmond syndrome...
"I am still big,
it's the pictures that got small"

908 days ago


LOL! A bit of a temper and a wonderful sense of humor!

How about making a public CONTEST for the Maccabee script, Mel?
Tap into the yet undiscovered talents that can do something 100x better than Joe ever could dream of.

908 days ago


Ut Oh flock. As predicted, MM just 'stepped in it' trying to fix things. Jay set him up by asking 'He didn't write a WORD of it?' and good ol' Gibby fibbed again! I wonder what night Ez is scheduled for.

I saw the whole interview. Let's start with the wardrobe shall we?
Black dress shoes
Dark denim hemmed Levis
Black dress shirt
With a grey plaid suit jacket over it to pull it all together.
It all adds up to being too cheap or too broke to hire a stylist.
It looks like he was given a cheap spray tan as well.

The interview - was 100% scripted and seeing how bad MM's acting is, it came off rushed, nervous and transparent. Starting it off by talking about Ez? Deadly. From what I recall, the recording DIDN'T involve the script, so trying to gloss that little factoid over will come back to haunt him.

The movie plug - didn't come up until the very end. Showed a scene where Gibby looked really worn out and old. Gibby tried to say that it was set for a theater run - NOT! But HE decided to run it on VOD, 'the wave of the future'. Ugh.
I forgot to mention the video montage that started the interview showing clips from Mel's old movies. There was a LW scene, Smurffart, and EOD of all things. The canned laughter and applause added to the nausea.

Give it a rest Michie - nobody wants to hear your God Warrior rants today.

908 days ago

Fidel's niece    

has only a couple of days left
to sign up for VOD to see The Gringo...
or will they wait until it comes out
on DVD to buy they did with
The Beaver and The Edge of Darkness...
(le snicker...)
Hurry up... 20 mill (budget)Gringo
made only 1.5 million
in the theatrical release in Europe...
It seems they don't like Mr Mel' B movie
very much in Russia and UKRAINE! lol!
I see Paris, I see Rome,
I see another Mr Mel's BOMB,
and his B movie career.

908 days ago


Mel rules. The haters look dumb. As usual.

908 days ago
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